I wanted to share this helpful article for my writer friends.
The task of learning how to be a writer (or, in general, a creative type) is an enormous one, a lifelong project. Lately I’ve been pondering, as I look back on what I’ve done and what I wish I’d done, the elements that helped me become a writer. What helped? What was a waste of time? What should I have done sooner? And what was pushed on me that I didn’t need?
In no particular order, what I’d advise a beginning writer to do and learn:
Establish in your heart of hearts that stories are important, so that you don’t have to spend time spinning your wheels asking yourself if you’re wasting your time trying to be a writer. Learn more.